We get it. Staying on top of when all of your family and friends’ birthdays can feel like a cumbersome task, especially when your calendar is already brimming over with activities that require your immediate attention. It’s easy to forget your friend’s birthday until that Facebook reminder pops up on your phone the day off. And then, you’re either scrambling to find a florist or feeling guilty you can’t get the perfect gift delivered that day. Don’t let this happen to you!
The one tried and true way that we have found to remember birthdays is to let your smartphone do it for you. It takes a little bit of work on your part, but once that is done you are set FOREVER. At least we hope you are! Here are two solutions that work for our team of concierges that we think might work for you too:
set up Phone Calendar Reminders
Once you enter a person’s birthday into your phone, make sure it’s a repeating yearly event. Then also set alarms to remind you to either buy a gift or reach out to the person the day of. We like to set 3 alarms: 2 weeks in advance to give you time to figure out of a gift; 1 week in advance in case you haven’t purchased that gift yet; the morning of so you can make that phone call, text or email to wish a Happy Birthday.
download a Birthday App
These are great if you have many birthdays to keep up with and have no idea when they are. One app we like is Birthday Calendar +. It pulls birthday information from your Facebook page and address book including how old a person is turning just in case you want to get a special milestone birthday gift. You can also set up reminders and even send birthday messages straight from the app.
FIND THE PERFECT GIFT
Once you have the reminders in place, an even more daunting task is what gift to get and finding the time to do it. If your family or friends really have it together, they have wish lists at their favorite online shopping destinations you can easily pick gifts from. A favorite gift the Fini Concierge team likes to give is the experience gift. These can range from a helicopter flight over the city to cooking lessons with a favorite local chef.
DELIVER THE GIFT ON TIME
Use our personal concierge services to pick up and drop off your gift to your preferred shipping vendor and send you the tracking number.
Remembering birthdays and shopping for gifts doesn’t have to be a task you dread, especially when you have a personal concierge. We love shopping for gifts, making sure they’re perfectly wrapped and delivered right on time.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2016 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.